Illinois Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

The director of the Illinois Department of Labor (DOL) may enter--at reasonable times during reasonable business hours--any place of employment where workers are subject to minimum wage provisions. The director (or his or her authorized representative) may inspect employment records, question employees about wage and hour matters, and require a sworn statement from the employer regarding employees' wages, hours, names, and addresses (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 820 Sec. 105/7).
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Child labor. The labor department has the right to inspect at reasonable times all places of employment where minors work in order to determine, among other things, whether the employer is in compliance with provisions for hours of work (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 820 Sec. 205/17).
Prevailing wages. Contractors and subcontractors who do public works must pay their workers the prevailing wage rate. In addition, they must maintain wage and hour records for each employee for at least 3 years from the date of the last payment on a contract or subcontract for public works, including each worker's name, address, telephone number (when available), Social Security number, classification(s), the hourly wages paid in each pay period, the number of hours worked each day, and the starting and ending times of work each day. These records must be made available at reasonable hours for inspection by the labor department and the agency that awarded the contract. Also, contractors and subcontractors must submit no later than the 10th day of each month (in person, by mail, or electronically) a certified payroll for the immediately preceding month to the agency in charge of the project. A certified payroll must be filed for only those months during which ...

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